As gravel riding and racing has become a booming segment of the bike industry, the bikes themselves have gotten more specialized. But some bikes aim to do it all, and that's exactly what Scott's new Addict Gravel does.
The Addict Gravel is designed to be fast on the tarmac, stable on rough roads, as well as a capable handler on singletrack. "Our goal from day one was to build an ultimate gravel bike that you can take on any adventure," William Juban, Head of Road Bike Engineering at SCOTT says.
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The new gravel bike uses the strongest carbon road frameset Scott has ever made, according to the brand. Carbon fiber layering and reinforcement lead to a frameset that weighs 1,325 grams (frame + fork). Adding to the off-road capability of the bike, Scott has bumped the tire clearance up to 45mm.
The bike's tubes use Scott's patented airfoil design to optimize aerodynamics while maintaining comfort and compliance. And no matter your gearing preferences, the bike can be set up with either a 1x or 2x drivetrain. The Addict Gravel is also available with the brand's women's-specific Contessa build kit.
The geometry matches the all-around riding that the bike has been designed around. An increased reach, longer fork rake, lower bottom bracket, and shorter stem mean that the Addict is stable off-road, agile, and comfortable to ride on all-day adventures.
Integrated cable routing is a big feature on this bike thanks to the Syncros Creston iC SL X cockpit. The handlebar features 16-degrees of flare and weighs 335 grams. The bars are designed to accommodate thicker gravel-specific bar tape as well as handlebar bags for bikepacking.
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Speaking of bikepacking, the bike features a number of mounts for adventure riders, including a top tube mount, a down tube mount for bottle cages of accessories, and fender mounts. The inside of the frame can accommodate two different bottle cage configurations too.
The top of the line build kit is the Addict Gravel Tuned model which features a SRAM RED eTap AXS 2X drivetrain with a SRAM RED power meter included. In addition to SRAM RED brakes, the majority of the rest of the components come from Scott's brand Syncros. Though the bike does feature a DT Swiss GRC1100 disc-brake wheelset and Schwalbe tires.
The Addict Gravel 20 model is the budget build that sells for $2,999.99. It features a Shimano GRX drivetrain as well as Shimano brakes. It also uses Schwalbe tires and the rest of the components, including the wheelset, are from Syncros.
The Contessa Addict Gravel 15 model features different touchpoints that are better suited for women riders and uses a Shimano drivetrain and brakes.